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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Instead of Arresting the Acid Attackers on Iranian Women , Regime had Arrested several reportrs of ISNA News Agency in the City of Isfahan where the Acid Attackes Had Happened !!!???

According to the news regimes judiciary had arrested five members of the ISNA news agency for reporting or taking photos about the issue of the acid attacks in the city of Isfahan. Those who have been arrested are :
Ms. Zahra Mohammadi the editor of  ISNA in the city of Isfahan
Ms. Sanam Farsi the editor of social section of the ISNA in the city of Isfahan
Mr. Arya Jafari photo journalist of ISNA in Isfahan
Two others who were arrested earlier but released later.
 Link:
 http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/news.jsp?essayId=63297
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So , as we can see ,instead of arresting the acid attackers on Iranian women ,regime is arresting the messengers ,in this case the journalists .


 

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Regime's Parliament Said No to President Rohani's Nominated Minister for Science & Education ...

Islamic Regime's Parliament in Iran a Regime Made Parliament .!
These parliament is one of the worse parliament ever the Iranian people saw. Most of these MP's are not elected by the people in their riding's as the regime try's the people to believe them they are. Regime had learned during the last 35 years of its reign , how to engineer the elections and how to create an atmosphere of fear among the people to keep running the country. This parliament is headed by Ali larijani one of the Larijani brothers ( Mohammad Sadegh Larijani is the head of Judiciary and Javad Larijani is the head of commission on Human rights )who are well known for corruptions ( Land transfer and money laundering )and all have biased stand against the interest of the Iranian people and Iran . Iranian people now call this parliament as a regime made parliament , This Parliament is  even against Hassan Rohani's Government which is a so called moderate one .  to see why this parliament is against the people interest is ...because just today, the MP's voted No to the President's Minister nominees for Science & education  ( out of 246 MP's 160 MP's voted No )

The majority of the current MP's also voted No to the last Minister nominees of president , that is because these ministers are trying to disclose the great scandal which was going on during Ahmadinajad's Government in that ministry . So the ministry has no minister since Hassan Rohani became president . So , by saying No to these ministers , the Current conservative &fundamentalist MP's wants to stop this minister for further disclosing about the scandal -which is a huge scandal about students ( Perhaps son or daughters of officials) who did not pass the ministries standards to receive free education paid by Government to study inside and outside of Iran.
In recent week this parliament also approved a bill which emphasized more about dress code and encouraged radical Muslim's to be vigilant on those women breaking the dress code ,
 which resulted these radicals to pouring acid on women in the city of Isfahan.   
In short People have no interest in this parliament and does not expect a major change in the future .


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Javad Larijani The Islamic Regime Commissioner on Human Rights in an interview on Reyhaneh Jabari's Execution : We were trying to Speaks to the Victims family to stop the "Ghesas" but the NGO's & online campaigners had negative impact on the family to forgive and stop the "Ghesas. Therefore Larijani now blames the NGO's for Reyhan's Execution instead of regimes judiciary system and calls his action for saving Reyhaneh's Life. These Mafia / corrupt officials have No Shame !!!!???????

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fw: OHCHR PRESS BRIEFING NOTES - Iran execution‏



Iran execution

We are shocked and saddened by the execution on 25 October of Ms. Reyhaneh Jabbari, who was sentenced to death for the alleged murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry. The execution of Ms Jabbari was carried out on Saturday despite repeated calls on the authorities by various United Nations human rights mechanisms not to execute her. 

Serious concerns were raised about due process in connection with Ms. Jabbari’s case -- in particular the allegation that her conviction was based on confessions made under duress. The court also apparently failed to take all relevant circumstantial evidence into account. 

On 7 July 2007, Ms. Jabbari reportedly stabbed Mr. Sarbandi in the shoulder after he offered to hire her to redesign his office and then took her to a residence, where, according to her, he attempted to sexually assault her.  Ms. Jabbari maintained that her actions were taken in self-defence, in order to prevent a serious assault on her person. 

The Iranian authorities apparently did make attempts to prevent the execution, which was stayed at least twice, in April and September, in order to enable the two families to reach a settlement. However, it is the Government’s responsibility to prevent execution, especially when there is so much uncertainty about the events surrounding the killing, and concerns over due process. 

We are very concerned about the increased use of the death penalty in Iran, as highlighted in the report of the Special Rapporteur on Iran which is being presented to the General Assembly later today. Iran is scheduled to appear before the Human Rights Council under the Universal Periodic Review this Friday (31 October), and we call on the Iranian authorities to make an explicit commitment to immediately institute a moratorium on the death penalty, particularly in light of the high number of executions and the continuing serious concerns about fair trial and due process. 

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Human Rights Watch : Stop Targeting Rights Lawyer


Iran: Stop Targeting Rights Lawyer
Sotoudeh Arrest, Ban Bodes Ill for Profession

(Beirut, October 28, 2014) – The Iranian government should stop detaining and harassing prominent rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, and allow her the right to peaceful dissent and assembly, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials should also end their interference in the internal affairs of Iran’s bar association; the government and the association should ensure that no lawyer is disciplined for defending clients, and that disciplinary hearings are fair and independent.

Reza Khandan, Sotoudeh’s husband, told Human Rights Watch that on October 25, 2014, security forces arrested her and at least 10 others who attempted to gather peacefully in front of the Interior Ministry to protest a recent spate of acid attacks targeting women in the central city of Esfahan. Large demonstrations against the attacks began in Esfahan on October 22.

“The government’s well-documented harassment of Nasrin Sotoudeh, including her recent detention and previous unlawful conviction and imprisonment, suggests they are heavily invested in preventing her from doing her job as a lawyer,” said Eric Goldstein, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Harassing a respected lawyer who peacefully defends human rights only adds insult to injury after locking her up for defending her clients.”

Khandan said the group had initially gathered in front of the Iranian Bar Association in Tehran to protest its recent three-year ban on Sotoudeh from practicing law, but around noon attempted to join the demonstration in front of the Interior Ministry. Authorities released the others shortly after their arrest, but transferred Sotoudeh to an Intelligence Ministry detention facility in Tehran, where they kept her for approximately seven hours, Sotoudheh told Human Rights Watch after her release. She said that during her detention security agents once threatened to charge her with the crime of moharebeh, or “enmity against God,” which can carry the death penalty, and attempted to forcibly blindfold her but she resisted.

Since large-scale protests began against the acid-throwing attacks, security forces have arrested and detained dozens of demonstrators in Esfahan and Tehran, including a cameraman working for the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency who was covering the protests. There have also been reports of police using teargas and batons to disperse protesters. The protesters have expressed sympathy for the victims and frustration at what they consider to be the authorities’ inadequate response to the attacks. On October 20, authorities announcedthey had arrested four people in connection with the attacks, but later released them for lack of evidence.

On October 18, the Iranian Bar Association’s disciplinary committee told Sotoudeh that it had revoked her law license because a revolutionary court convicted her on vague national security charges in 2011. The government and the bar association should ensure that all lawyers can continue to practice their profession freely without discrimination on the grounds of political opinion, nor should any lawyer be negatively affected or disciplined for practicing their profession and defending their clients, Human Rights Watch said.

Sotoudeh told Human Rights Watch that the Iranian Bar Association’s disciplinary board imposed the ban under pressure from security, intelligence, and judiciary officials. The September 2011 revolutionary court judgment, after an unfair trial, sentenced her to six years in prison and a 10-year ban on practicing law. She was freed without explanation on September 18, 2013. The national security charges on which she was imprisoned arose solely from her peaceful exercise of fundamental rights and zealous defense of her clients, who included many human rights activists.

Sotoudeh told Human Rights Watch that she appeared before the Iranian Bar Association’s disciplinary board on September 30, 2014, to defend herself against a complaint by the Tehran Prosecutor’s Office seeking to ban her from practicing law. In an interview with the semi-official Iranian Student’s News Agency, Sotoudeh said that bar association officials had “repeatedly told [her] that they are under pressure to suspend [her] law license,” and “went as far as suggesting that [she] turn in [her] license voluntary, which [she] refused.”

Under Iranian law, the prosecutor’s office is empowered, if not required, to file a complaint with the Iranian Bar Association seeking a temporary suspension of a lawyer’s license if the lawyer is indicted, and revocation of the lawyer’s license to practice if the lawyer is convicted of a crime.

Security forces arrested Sotoudeh on September 4, 2010, and Branch 26 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced her to 11 years in prison and banned her from practicing law for 20 years in January 2011. The charges against Sotoudeh included “acting against national security,” “propaganda against the state,” and “membership in the Center for Human Rights Defenders,” the group formed by the Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and other lawyers. On September 14, 2011, Branch 54 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Appeals Court reduced Sotoudeh’s sentence to six years and reduced the legal practice ban to 10 years. Authorities banned and then shut down the Center for Human Rights Defenders in 2008.

Sotoudeh told Human Rights Watch that she did not plan to appeal the disciplinary board’s decision because the case would go before a supervisory board consisting of government-appointed judges – members of the same judiciary that convicted and sentenced her unfairly – instead of a panel of lawyers and peers. Sotoudeh and other lawyers contend that only the Iranian Bar Association, not revolutionary courts, has the legal authority to ban lawyers from practicing law.

Although she will not appeal, Sotoudeh said, “I do, however, plan on exercising my civil rights and will conduct a sit in in front of the bar association to protest this decision.”

Prior to her October 25 arrest, Sotoudeh and supporters had regularly gathered in front of the bar association, since the morning of October 21, 2014, without incident or interference from the authorities. She joined separate protests in support of victims of acid attacks. As part of her protest in front of the bar association, Sotoudeh demands that officials remove legal restrictions and barriers that undermine the independence of the Iranian Bar Association and the ability of lawyers to defend political dissidents and others before Iran’s courts.

The first branch of the bar association’s disciplinary board on August 30 had rejected a complaint by the Tehran Prosecutor’s Office that sought to suspend her law license. Sotoudeh said she was surprised that the bar association seemed to reverse itself such a short time later by imposing the three-year ban.

Judiciary officials have curtailed the independence of the Iranian Bar Association by various means in recent years, such as barring lawyers from seeking senior positions based on their imputed political opinions and peaceful human rights activities. For example, in 2008, the judiciary disqualified Farideh Gheyrat, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, and Abdolfattah Soltani – all members of the Center for Human Rights Defenders – as candidates for the association’s Central Board because of their activities as human rights defenders. The Comprehensive Bill on Lawyering and Attorneyship, a draft law before Iran’s parliament, would further curtail the Iranian Bar Association’s independence, giving the judiciary greater powers over regulating and disciplining members of the legal profession.

The erosion of the Iranian Bar Association’s independence has been accompanied by increased official action against human rights lawyers since 2005, particularly after the mass protests that followed the 2009 presidential election. In the past few years the judiciary has sentenced prominent rights lawyers such as Mohammad Seifzadeh, Soltani, and Dadkhah to lengthy prison terms on similar national security-related charges. Both the judiciary chief, Mohammad Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, and Javad Larijani, the head of the Human Rights Council of the Judiciary, have publicly accused lawyers such as Sotoudeh of damaging the government’s reputation in interviews with Persian-language media outlets based abroad.

Several other well-known lawyers, including Ebadi, Mohammad Mostafaei, and Shadi Sadr, have left the country as a result of repeated arrests, detention, and harassment since 2009.

The UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers provide that lawyers must be allowed to carry out their work “without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference.” The basic principles affirm the right of lawyers to freedom of expression, which article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) also provides, including “the right to take part in public discussion of matters concerning the law, the administration of justice and the promotion and protection of human rights.” Iran has ratified the ICCPR and is bound by its provisions.

The UN Basic Principles also require governments and professional associations of lawyers to ensure that lawyers can enter the profession and continue to practice without discrimination, including on the grounds of political or other opinions. It requires governments and professional associations to ensure that lawyers can exercise their profession without intimidation or improper interference. It also requires governments to ensure that the professional associations can operate without outside interference.

“Sotoudeh’s ban is an important test case in determining the independence of the legal profession in Iran and the future ability of rights lawyers to do their job,” Goldstein said. “If Iran’s security services and judiciary are allowed to bully the bar association into banning a prominent lawyer based on a wholly unfair conviction, there is little reason to believe they will stop there.”

For more Human Rights Watch reporting on Iran, please visit:
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For more information, please contact:
In New York, Faraz Sanei (English, Persian): +1-310-428-0153 (mobile); or +1-212-216-1290; or saneif@hrw.org. Follow on Twitter @farazsanei
In Washington, DC, Eric Goldstein (English, French): +1-917-519-4736 (mobile); or goldstr@hrw.org. Follow on Twitter @goldsteinricky

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People in Southern City of Ahwaz protest against Acid Attacks on Iranian Women !

Right after the acid attacks on women in the city of Isfahan , people of Isfahan and Tehran went into the street to protest against acid attacks.  It is in the news that people are organizing to protest against acid attack in the future dates . In that respect, people in the city of Ahwaz also went in to the street to protest against acid attack.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

NEW: October 2014 report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

 
The report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed. Submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 25/24  to the 69th session of the UN General Assembly  in October 2014.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Acid Victim in Isfahan : A Motorcycle Rider Poured Acid on my Face, No ...No He didnt say anything,..I was looking at my right side, i brought down the car window for a few seconds...And then i saw something was poured on my face, These happened in one in 1000 seconds ....I was burning pain , I was dying of burning pain ...I put my hands on my face .....I just want to ask him why and i will never forgive him, ........

Watch the video here- Victim speaks to reporter:

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=857115127653688&set=vb.221980407833833&type=2&theater

Watch protest here: 
Protesters : Shame on You Police Forces..........Police Force , where is my sisters eyes.....  Our Majles ( Parliament ) is a disgrace / Shame .........
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152594328577713&set=vb.64040652712&type=2&theater




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Islamic Regime in Iran Arresting the Messenger instead of Arresting those who have poured Acid on Women in the City Of Isfahan !


Thousands came to the streets in Isfahan to protest against lack of police protection after a series of acid attacks on women. Despite the judiciary's claims that some arrests have been made, the only person who we know for sure who has been arrested is a photographer who is in charge of ISNA news agency who has given full coverage to the women whose faces were disfigured by acid. His name is Arya Jafari
Link:
www.facebook.com/StealthyFreedom/ 


Where are you Hasan Rohani? 

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Today the Islamic Judiciary in Rejaei Shahr Prison Hanged Rehaneh Jabari The Young Iranian Actor !

Very Sad Day For IRAN WATCH CANADA  !

The whole Conscientious Iranian Are in Shock today  !
How could this happen ? While the whole world from UN to High ranking politicians and world human rights communities petitioned in support of Reyhaneh .
How could Islamic judiciary neglect all these protest and go ahead to hang this young woman ,who did nothing but according to her defense to protect herself from sexual assault happening by a member of the regime security intelligence forces.
Rehaneh Jabari the young Iranian actor was just 19 when she was lured by Morteza Sarbandi a member of the Ministry of Information to a house and was about to sexually assaulted when she used a knife to defend herself which ended him dead and then she called the police and ambulance .

Reyhaneh Jabbari's mom said:
"Me, her dad , her two sisters , her grand ma and dad went to the prosecutors office in Shahre Ray -Varamin prison and the prosecutor told  us about the situation ( that , the victims family aren't agreeing to forgive her and she is going to be executed by hanging according to " Ghesas " the Islamic law ) and we asked him where they are taking her , he didn't say where ??!!. Reyhaneh had fever at the time. "

Before  her execution ,she had written a very painful and sad testament /will .

This morning Reyhaneh was Executed by hanging in Rejaei Shahr prison in the city of Karaj.
This case brought many attention in Iran and the whole world . Now we have to see what the people of Iran will do about this unfair justice system ,because they themselves also deal with the same justice system .

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My heart is broken this morning ....














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Friday, October 24, 2014

Iranian People are Tired of Islamic Regime's fundamentalists ppouring acid on women , their Lies, Corruption, Unemployment and Thirty Five Years reign of Terror and destruction of our country Iran !

Iranian People are getting fed up with the Islamic regime in Iran and protest against their policies and regime are once again on its way.....
This picture shows Iranian people in Isfahan protesting against Acid pouring on women by fundamentalist Islamist forces .....regime had always used this forces to bring fear among people ....

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Eighteen Nobel Laureates Call for Immediate Release of Iranian Physicist










Iranian physicist, Omid Kokabee is serving a ten-year
sentence for refusing to collaborate on a military project.
Omid Kokabee’s Health in Great Danger, Requires Immediate Medical Treatment
(September 29, 2014) The Iranian Judiciary should immediately release the Iranian physicist and prisoner of conscience, Omid Kokabee, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.
Kokabee has multiple serious health problems and requires immediate medical attention. The Campaign has learned that Kokabee’s health is in great danger as he is suffering from heart, kidney, stomach, and dental illnesses.
On September 26, 2014, in an open letter to Iran’s Leader, Ali Khamenei, eighteen physics Nobel laureates called for the “immediate and unconditional” release of Kokabee. The letter was published in the leading scientific journal Nature.
“Omid Kokabee is an individual who has stood by his moral principles and we urge you to exhibit compassion and allow him to return to his studies in order to fulfill his promising potential,” the Nobel laureates wrote in their letter.
Kokabee, an Iranian physicist completing his PhD at the University of Texas, Austin, is serving a ten-year sentence since his arrest in Tehran in January 2011. During his prosecution, the prosecutors charged him with “communicating with a hostile government,” and receiving “illegitimate funds” without any substantiating evidence.
In their letter, the Nobel laureates referred to charges against Kokabee as “spurious charges related to [Kokabee’s] legitimate scholarly ties with academic institutions outside of Iran.” In an open letterfrom Evin prison, in April 2013, Kokabee wrote his imprisonment is the result of his refusal to heed pressure by Iranian intelligence agents to collaborate on a military research project.
“Continuing Kokabee’s imprisonment cannot be justified on any grounds,” said Hadi Ghaemi, the Campaign’s Executive Director. “This is blatantly punitive behavior which the authorities in Iran must be called on.”
According to an informed source, Kokabee’s health is suffering on multiple fronts. He is suffering from heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and chest pains on the left side of his chest. These symptoms require immediate examination by a cardiologist.
Kokabee also has a history of kidney problems. He has passed kidney stones five times while in prison and is in severe pain, a condition that also requires immediate treatment. In addition, Kokabee has been suffering from stomach problems in prison and has been taking medication provided by the prison clinic, which has not been effective. As there is a history of stomach cancer in his family, which has led to the deaths of two immediate family members, he requires an immediate biopsy to ensure he is not suffering from stomach cancer. Kokabee also needs urgent dental treatment as he has already lost four teeth in prison and is in danger of losing another four if not treated soon.
The international scientific community has been campaigning for Kokabee’s release. In 2013, the American Physical Society (APS), a major organization representing some 50,000 physicists worldwide, awarded him its prestigious Sakharov prize. The recent letter by the eighteen physics Nobel laureates is part of a widespread campaign by the Committee of Concerned Scientists, the Committee on the International Freedom of Scientists of the APS, and Amnesty International.
The letter is endorsed by the following eighteen Nobel laureates in physics: Alexei Abrikosov (2003), Nicolaas Bloembergen (1981), Claude Cohen-Tannoudji (1997), Leon Cooper (1972), Andre Geim, (2010), Sheldon Glashow (1979), John Hall (2005), Anthony Hewish (1974), Wolfgang Ketterle (2001), Klaus von Klitzing (1985), Toshihide Maskawa (2008), John Mather (2006), Konstantin Novoselov (2010), Arno Penzias (1978), David Politzer (2004), Jack Steinberger (1988), Daniel Tsui(1998), and James Cronin(1980).
Earlier this year, 126 Iranian scientists studying and teaching abroad wrote a letter to President Rouhani calling for Kokabee’s release. They ended their letter by asking Rouhani, “What message will the continued long imprisonment of an Iranian student studying abroad [Kokabee] send to the other Iranian scientists who are engaged in scientific work abroad?”
Link:
http://www.iranhumanrights.org/2014/09/omid-kokabee/

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Islamic Regime in Iran Continues its Inhuman Policies Toward Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh !


On October 18 , a three member panel of  disciplinary Lawyers court  ,a Government appointed lawyers banned Ms. Sotoudeh from practicing her law license for three years based on a complaint by prosecutor's office in Evin prison.


Also at the end of August the security forces of the Islamic regime searched the office and home of Ms. Sotoudeh and confiscated her personal belonging.


All of these are happening while the president Hasan Rohani who is a lawyer and during the election had promised and took oath to protect the rights of Iranian citizen , do nothing to stop these security forces of arbitrarily arresting , interrogating , bothering and intimidating Ms. Sotoudeh and many other Iranian people .

Because of this  Ms. Sotoudeh together with few of her supporter staged a protest at Iranian Bar Association building in Tehran .


 Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/news.jsp?essayId=63131

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Nikbakht Street in the city of Isfahan -in front of Ministry of justice , people protest against Acid throwing on Iranian women. ...Securtiy forces -together with anti-riot forces -- beat people and arrested several of them.

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